Why Heathrows Driverless Car System Could Never Work In NYC

So Heathrow is getting these futuristic driverless Cars to taxi people between terminals and parking lots, and other shit that you find around airports (Cinnabon? Duty Free shop?) Pretty amazing, considering they appear to run on a rail-less system. They even have touch screens. AND YOU KNOW YOU LIKE TOUCH SCREENS. If the Driverless Car System at Heathrow proves to be successful we might see this kind of thing on a bigger scale, perhaps even around cities. To be honest, I doubt we could pull it off if NYC. At one point or another they would turn into luxury mobile homes for the homeless/portable toilets. What appears to be a Driverless Car from the future will in fact be the warmest, most sheltery-est, half-twin sized bed in NYC. And do we really want them, anyway? A Driverless Car will have a mandated speed limit that it will be unable to surpass. You won’t be able to offer it a ‘really big tip if it can get there in ten minutes.’ Where’s the fun in riding around in a taxi, if you’re not zipping between cars, and clinging to your seat; afraid for your life? The fun is nowhere…that’s where.
I know what you’re thinking.
G: This is why we can never have nice things!. There, I said it.

via Gizmodo


3 responses to “Why Heathrows Driverless Car System Could Never Work In NYC

  1. You know, I’ve always felt that New Yorkers often seem to get shafted in this department. Our subway cars aren’t as nice, our trains aren’t as fast, JFK’s air train is without any touch screens and has a HUMAN driver…sheesh
    At least we drive on the right side of the road!

    • yeah, Paris received this new bike campaign, where there are a bunch of bikes around town that run for 30 minutes before freezing up. Enough time to swing around the block, get from one place to another. When I was living in boulder, years ago, we had a similar system, though it didnt have any sort of locking mechanism. NYC def gets short changed, but prob for the better

  2. Right, because New York City is the only place in the world that has homeless people.

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